Jan. 24, 2014
PRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have two meets this weekend, as they face Princeton Saturday in a non-scoring scrimmage before competing against Seton Hall on Sunday.
Both teams returned to campus this week after participating in the Copa Coqui Invitational in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event featured over 500 swimmers and the Huskies received great times from several of their swimmers.
On the men’s side, the 200-meter medley relay team of sophomores Jeff Magin and Ryan Walsh and juniors Lachezar Shumkov and Felix Samuels finished second in the event with a time of 1:49.57. Samuels also performed well for the men’s swimming team (3-0) in the 100-meter backstroke, which he finished in a time of 54.04 to capture second place.
Freshman Christine Pedersen led the way for the UConn women (2-1), winning the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:07.55 and in the 50-meter freestyle, junior Chinyere Pigot earned third place honors, completing the event in 27.94.
UConn has never competed against Princeton in a dual meet before but Saturday’s scrimmage will be a good test for the Huskies before they swim against against Seton Hall.
“Princeton is the best team in the Ivy League and always has national level swimmers,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “We are looking forward to racing them.”
Seton Hall and UConn have met before, the last time coming in 2011 in a meet in which both Husky teams came out on top.
“The Pirates have been a formidable foe over the years, and since Sunday is their Senior Day Meet they will be ready for us,” said Goldberg. “We will have to swim well to stay with them.”
Saturday’s action is the first of two straight weekends in which the Huskies will swim back-to-back days and Goldberg hopes the schedule will help get them ready for the conference meet, which takes place in late February.
“The back-to-back format for this weekend and next weekend is aimed at preparing us for the four-day conference meet in February,” Goldberg said.